Center for Restorative Justice Works (CRJW), a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that mends and reconnects the relationship between child-parent within the criminal justice system, is pleased to announce Lupe Rivera as their new Executive Director. Ms. Rivera is a dynamic and results-driven executive with more than 18 years’ experience in the nonprofit space, succeeding current Executive Director Amalia Molina.
“The Board was unanimously impressed during her interview with her exceptional fundraising and organizational skills,” said Founder & Board Chair Sister Suzanne Jabro, CSJ. “We’re thrilled to offer this leadership position to Lupe and look forward to her contributions.”
Previously, Ms. Rivera served the Executive Director of South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency (SAHARA) where she was promoted from Director of Development and led the organization’s strategic plan, developed partnerships and collaborations to increase services, and implemented key organizational policies and procedures for efficiency.
“I’m ecstatic and grateful for this wonderful opportunity to make an impact in the lives of so many families with the programs CRJW offers, such as Get on the Bus, Transition4Success, Camp Suzanne and Cross Over,” said Ms. Rivera. “I’m eager to begin and tackle new challenges.”
CRJW retained Envision Consulting to conduct the Executive Director search, which yielded more than 70 applications nationwide. Envision focused on individuals with proficient fundraising experience and is familiar with the criminal justice system.
Partner Matt Kamin said, “Lupe is intentional and is passionate about CRJW’s mission. Her background working with family and youth organizations is an asset to the organization.”
Ms. Rivera graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Redlands and received her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Antioch University of Los Angeles and is nationally certified as a nonprofit professional from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.